January 2011

Congressman Sees Conspiracies At Every Turn

I’m a little late to the game here today on this. My real job had me tied up in meetings and what not. In any event, in case you haven’t heard (and I’m sure you probably have), U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) blamed the “shellacking” the Democrats received in the mid-term elections on racists.

“Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said racism is to blame for Democrats’ losses this past election cycle in an interview with an Arab TV network after President Obama's State of the Union address.”  (Shane D’Aprile, “Lawmaker: Racism Cost Dems Election,” The Hill, 1/28/11)

DC Metro Area Reminded Of Crumbling Water Infrastructure

Last Thursday, you may recall I posted a story highlighting the ancient water pipes that run under our streets and neighborhoods, how it will cost a fortune to fix and how the stimulus wasted billions.

Well, lots of folks in the DC Metro area found out the hard way just how bad some of the water infrastructure is as they were driving, or attempting to drive, into work today.

“A large water main break closed the Capital Beltway's inner loop at Route 214 (Central Avenue) in Prince George's County early Monday, creating a major problem for the rush-hour commute.”  (Debbi Wilgoren, “Water Main Break Closes Part Of Beltway,” The Washington Post, 1/24/11)

The Bailout That Keeps Soaking The Taxpayers

Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times reports taxpayers have spent “more than $160 million defending” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their “former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud” since the bailout:

“The bulk of those expenditures — $132 million — went to defend Fannie Mae and its officials in various securities suits and government investigations into accounting irregularities that occurred years before the subprime lending crisis erupted. The legal payments show no sign of abating.”  (Gretchen Morgenson, “Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills To The Taxpayers,” The New York Times, 1/24/11)

Chinese Propaganda Infiltrates White House, Embarrasses Obama

This is really outrageous.  Matthew Robertson of The Epoch Times reports Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist, played a well-known anti-American propaganda song at the White House State Dinner for the visiting Chinese delegation, including President Hu Jintao.

“At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie ‘Battle on Shangganling Mountain.’”  (Matthew Robertson, “Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune At White House,” The Epoch Times, 1/22/11)

Obama: “Government Should Not Intrude On Private Family Matters”

In “celebrating” the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Barack Obama stated, “government should not intrude on private family matters.”

A stunning and remarkable statement from the President.

Apparently President Obama believes that when it comes to abortion, the government has no right to “intrude on private family matters.” However, the President has no problem intruding on “private family matters” when it comes to forcing individuals and families to purchase health insurance, whether they want it, can afford it or need it.

Over 50 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. The same cannot be said for the uninsured in this country. Those aborted babies didn't have a choice, but individuals and families do... at least until ObamaCare came along.

A Wasted Stimulus And A Crumbling Water Infrastructure

CNN had an interesting segment on yesterday about “America’s crumbling water infrastructure.” Bottom line, a water main breaks every two minutes somewhere in the U.S., totaling 300,000 each year. Why is the water infrastructure so bad? Most of the nation’s water infrastructure was built following World War II. In our nation’s Capitol, the “average pipes are 77 years old.” So what will it cost to fix this mess?

$250 Billion Over The Next Three Decades. “The American Water Works Association estimated that the cost to repair and replace the country’s drinking water infrastructure over the next three decades will exceed $250 billion.”  (Alison Kosik, “America’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure,” CNN, 1/19/11)

ObamaCare: A Bad Law Then, A Good One Now, Say These Democrats

So, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare today. Symbolic or not, 434 Members of Congress took a stand. As expected, the bill carried with unanimous Republican support with only a handful of Democrats reaching across the aisle. What’s surprising is the number of Democrats who voted against ObamaCare, seemingly because they thought it was a bad bill, but then voted against repealing it. A real head-scratcher to be sure.

The Democrats who voted against ObamaCare, but against repeal?

Rhetorical Phoney Baloney

As you may recall (how could you not), the left-wing went into an immediate spasmodic fury following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, blaming not the alleged gunman’s apparent lunacy, but rather anyone that came to mind for the shooting based on heated rhetoric. You know, they blamed Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck; on and on they went.

So in the aftermath, Democrats begged and pleaded for responsible, civil discourse. We simply can’t afford freedom of speech anymore, not in this day and age of crazies running around the streets. Or at least that’s the argument they seemed to be making.

Fast forward about a week and a half, and my oh my, how times have changed. Within the past 24 hours the rhetoric is back to burning as hot as ever, only it’s not Republicans… it’s Democrats. Yup. You just knew they were full of phony baloney.

Kos’ Irrational Rhetoric In The Face Of Tragedy

Liberals are an irrational bunch, prone to knee-jerk rhetoric to further their left-wing agenda. This was on full display over the weekend from the moment the news was breaking that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) had been shot. This was a time to express disbelief, shock, concern, sympathies, or a host of other reasonable thoughts. But not for liberals. No, from the outset blame had to be placed not on the deranged gunman, but their political foes. For the left-wing it was time to take out their pitchforks and torches like an angry mob and attack Sarah Palin, conservatives, the Tea Party and anyone else they could think of (I’m surprised Nancy Pelosi didn’t find a way to blame Bush).

As Carrie Budoff Brown and Meredith Shiner noted in their Politico article, “Liberals Target Sarah Palin”:

Double-Talking' Dems: Secret Ballot For Me, But Not For You

You know, I was struck a few years ago by the utter hypocrisy of Democrats who pushed the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA, also known as “Card Check,” was a deceptively titled bill pushed by Big Labor that would eliminate the right of workers to vote by way of secret ballot on whether to unionize or not.

At the same time Democrats were attempting to strip an individual’s right to vote in private, they were exercising their right to a secret ballot in choosing their leaders and later to decide whether to strip Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) of his Chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Democrats’ opposition to secret ballots in union elections is curious considering the party used just such a process to select its leaders at the beginning of this year’s session.”  (Op/Ed, “‘Card Check’ Bill,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/27/07)

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